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Aelius Donatus and His Commentary on Terence’s Comedies  

Chrysanthi Demetriou

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
The chapter begins with a short overview of the history, structure, and themes of the commentary on Terence composed by the grammarian Aelius Donatus. The main discussion explores the ... More

Appendices  

Eftychia Bathrellou

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
The year 1973 saw the publication of the first comprehensive collection of comic papyri, Colin Austin's Comicorum Graecorum Fragmenta in Papyris Reperta (CGFP). This appendix summarizes ... More

Aristophanes1  

Bernhard Zimmermann

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter offers an overview of Aristophanes based on current research. Specific features of Aristophanes’s language, his metrics, and the structures of his comedies are analyzed; these ... More

The Beginnings of Roman Comedy  

Peter G. McC. Brown

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the early development of ludi scaenici (dramatic festivals) at Rome and the introduction there of fabulae palliatae (the type of drama now known as Roman comedy) by ... More

Between Two Paradigms: Plautus  

Michael Fontaine

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses the twenty-one Roman comedies of T. Maccius Plautus in the light of two predominantly competing modern paradigms, here called the "Saturnalian" and the ... More

Comedy  

David Konstan

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2012
Aristotle remarks in The Parts of Animals that ‘man is the only animal that laughs’, and comedy, the object of which is to produce laughter, is a particularly human phenomenon. As such, it ... More

Comedy in the Fourth Century I: Mythological Burlesques  

Ioannis M. Konstantakos

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
Comedies burlesquing traditional Greek mythical stories flourished in the Athenian theater especially between 400 and 340 BCE. Antecedents are found already in fifth-century drama ... More

Comedy in the Fourth Century II: Politics and Domesticity  

Jeffrey Henderson

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter traces the development of political and domestic themes and types of comedy in the fourth century from their origins in the fifth and finds both variety and continuity, though ... More

Comedy in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries bce  

Adele C. Scafuro

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses trends in the production of fourth-century comedies (revivals, prizes for comic actors), and considers these and other trends through the perspective of an imaginary ... More

Crossing Conceptual Worlds: Greek Comedy and Philosophy  

David Konstan

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
Philosophers are a natural object of fun and parody, and ancient Greek comedy took full advantage of the possibilities for spoofing their utopian projects, technical language, scientific ... More

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